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Waves - January 2014 - SW France


These pictures show a small part of the littoral of SW France, during the highest tides of the winter.
The images of the three first rows show the high tide during the first week of January, tidal range 80.
Then, there is the beach at the end of January, 31st, at low tide, one day before the highest tide of the winter on February, 1st, tidal range 114.
The sand dunes have been partially destroyed by the strong waves, and the erosion is worrying.
The following images show the coast two days after the highest tide.
The pictures 8477 and 8493 show the boundary of the dune. The paler sand is the top of a vertical wall of several metres above the beach.
It was impossible to descend to the beach this morning.
The sea has worn away about 10/12 metres of the dune.

Plants such as European marram grass or European beachgrass are planted to maintain the sand.
These plants may have long roots of about ten metres sinking in deeply into the soil.
Here, sand patches destabilized by the strong waves have slid down the dune, and we can see the long roots of these grasses.
Other patches with plant species such as “Strawberry Tree” (Arbutus unedo) have slid too.
Some pictures show the erosion with the sand sliding down the dune and ending in the water.
These images were taken three days after the highest tide.

The latest images show the beach and the dune some hours after the spring tide of early March, tidal range 115.
Several metres of the sand dune have been swallowed up by the sea.

From the picture 8657, after the storm “Christine” demolished everything in its path, one day after the spring tide.
The stairs have been broken and removed, similar to “Stairway for Hell” above the drop.
The top of the vertical sand cliffs is now several metres above the beach.
The sand has been swallowed up by the waves of the high tide, with tidal range 112 and strong winds.
Now a hard labour is starting, and will probably last several weeks or months, removing the sand on one side, and adding it to the other side…

From the picture 8725, we can see the erosion along the coast some kilometres further North.
Several dead seabirds are scattered along the shore. Any trace of oil pollution, only natural death due to several following storms.
A difficult period for nature and humans…




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Sea coast and sand dunes 8183
Sea coast and sand dunes 8183
Sea coast and sand dunes 8189
Sea coast and sand dunes 8189
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Above a drop - Au-dessus du vide 8477
Above a drop - Au-dessus du vide 8477
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Above a drop - Au-dessus du vide 8493
Above a drop - Au-dessus du vide 8493
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Oyat - Ammophila arenaria 8506
Oyat - Ammophila arenaria 8506
Oyat - Ammophila arenaria  8508
Oyat - Ammophila arenaria 8508
Oyat - Ammophila arenaria  8509
Oyat - Ammophila arenaria 8509
Strawberry tree - Arbousier - Arbustus unedo  8530
Strawberry tree - Arbousier - Arbustus unedo 8530
Strawberry tree - Arbousier - Arbustus unedo 8532
Strawberry tree - Arbousier - Arbustus unedo 8532
Erosion 8500
Erosion 8500
Erosion 8526
Erosion 8526
Erosion 8527
Erosion 8527
Erosion 8528
Erosion 8528
Erosion 8536
Erosion 8536
Erosion 8502
Erosion 8502
Erosion 8507
Erosion 8507
Erosion 8521
Erosion 8521
Erosion 8537
Erosion 8537
Above a drop - Au-dessus du vide 8499
Above a drop - Au-dessus du vide 8499
8566 - After the spring tide
8566 - After the spring tide
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8584 - The waves swallowed up several metres of sand dunes
8584 - The waves swallowed up several metres of sand dunes
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8597 - The stairs are now a diving board!
8597 - The stairs are now a diving board!
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8636 - Erosion
8636 - Erosion
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8640 - Erosion
8641 - Wind's work
8641 - Wind's work
8647 - The sea recaptures some pieces of nature and returns our debris
8647 - The sea recaptures some pieces of nature and returns our debris
8657 - After the storm Christine - Destruction
8657 - After the storm "Christine" - Destruction
8659 - After the storm Christine - Destruction
8659 - After the storm "Christine" - Destruction
8662 - Here a long, painstaking job is starting
8662 - Here a long, painstaking job is starting
8665 - Hard labour
8665 - Hard labour
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8670 - Hard labour
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8680 - Naked dunes
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8694 - Stormy weather
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8709 - Reappearance of the buried past
8709 - Reappearance of the buried past
8725 - Erosion some kilometres further north
8725 - Erosion some kilometres further north
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8717 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
8717 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
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8718 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
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8720 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
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8727 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
8757 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
8757 - Atlantic Puffin - Macareux moine
8768 - Common Murre - Guillemot de Troïl
8768 - Common Murre - Guillemot de Troïl
Three weeks later
Three weeks later
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